Ganesh Chaturthi is an Indian, Hindu festival which celebrates the arrival of Lord Ganesha to earth from Kailash Parvath with his mother goddess Parvati. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay idols privately in homes or publicly in decorated pandals. Observations include chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts such as prayers and brata which refers to fasting. Offerings and Prasad are distributed from daily prayer to the community which includes sweets like Modak which is believed to be the favorite of Lord Ganesha.
The festival ends on the tenth day of its start with the idol being carried in a public procession with some music and group chanting and the idol is immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea. In Mumbai city alone several idols of Ganesha are immersed annually. The clay idol is immersed in water and Lord Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailash to shiva and Parvarti. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as a god of a new beginning and removal of obstacles as well as regarded as a god of wisdom and intelligence. The festival is celebrated and observed almost throughout India in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and many more states.
GANESH CHATURTHI 2021
Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on the 10th of September in 2021 year. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated on the fourth day of the waxing moon period in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. It falls usually in the month of August or September every year. The festival is celebrated for 10 days according to the Hindu lunar calendar with the big spectacle which takes place on the last day of the festival called Anant Chaturdashi.
SIGNIFICANCE OF GANESH CHATURTHI
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated annually to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha. The Lord Ganesha is regarded as a god of new beginnings and a fresh start. The festival usually falls in the month of Bhadra according to the Hindu calendar and in the month of August and September according to the Gregorian calendar. Ten days of celebration are there. Lord Ganesha is considered to be the idol, symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce, and good fortune.
GANESH CHATURTHI 2020 DATE IN INDIAN CALENDAR
In the month of August 22 nd in the year 2020, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by making clay idols of Lord Ganesha and painting them, decorating them.
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GANESH VISARJAN 2020
On the last day of the festival, Ganesh visarjan takes place. In it, Lord Ganesha’s idol is immersed in the water of a river or sea. Devotees come out in large numbers for immersing Lord Ganesha in water. A story is there behind the immersion that it is believed that Lord Ganesha returns to mount Kailash to his parent’s lord shiva and goddess Parvati. With the immersion of Lord Ganesha, it is believed that it takes away all the problems, obstacles of life, and house.
GANESH CHATURTHI 2019 DATE IN INDIAN CALENDAR
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated on the 2nd of September in the year 2019. The festival is primarily celebrated in the central, western states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, and in many more states.
SOME FACTS ABOUT GANESH CHATURTHI FESTIVAL
- The festival begins with Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon.
- The Festival ends on the 14th day of the waxing moon period known as Ananth Chaturdashi.
- Maharashtra state is known to celebrate this festival on large scale.
- During the festival, colorful pandals are set up and Lord Ganesha is worshipped for 10 days.
- Four main rituals are there during the festival which includes pranapratishtha which is the process of infusing the idol of a deity into the murti, Shhodashopachara which is forms of paying tribute to Lord Ganesha, Uttar puja which is done to shift the idol after its infusion, Ganpati visarjan which includes immersion of the idol of the deity in the water of sea, river.
- Modak named sweet is prepared during the festival and a plate containing the sweet should be filled with 21 pieces of modak.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is considered to be an auspicious festival of worshipping Lord Ganesha for 10 days continuously and immersing its idol in the water of river or sea. The festival is celebrated to mark the new beginning of life and to remove all the obstacles of life and the house.
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